Dice Tower Newsletter

Continuing Uwe Rosenberg‘s exploration of polyominoes, Indian Summer is coming soon from Stronghold Games.  Stronghold Games released Rosenberg’s previous puzzle game in 2016, Cottage Garden, too.  This one features the same beautiful artwork of Andrea Boekhoff, but is touted as being geared toward more experienced gamers:

At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.

From the publisher’s thematic description:

Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.

On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.

Indian Summer is set to arrive in January 2018.

In a collaboration between Games Workshop and Devil Pig Games (Heroes of Normandie), Heroes of Black Reach combines the Warhammer 40,000 and Heroes Tactical System of Heroes of Normandie into a new 2-player war game to be released by IELLO.  The base box will feature 1 campaign with 8 scenarios between the Ultramarines and Orks.

On the hive-world of Black Reach, an Ork Waaagh! breaks, jeopardizing this sector of the galaxy!

You will soon be able to help the Ultramarines in their merciless fight against the Warlord Zanzag and relive the grim adventures of Captain Cato Sicarius and Sergeant Scout Marines Torias Telion!

Heroes of Black Reach is expected May 24, 2018.  Visit the publisher’s page for more.

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game has seen its (more than) fair share of expansions since 2012.  By now, it may be safe to assume that every major, and many minor, Marvel characters are part of the Legendary universe, but Upper Deck is not stopping there.  Its 14th expansion will now introduce characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man Homecoming!

Five new heroes, 2 Villain groups, 2 new Masterminds, and 4 new Schemes allow players to recreate the storyline of the hit blockbuster film in deck building form.  Overall, 100 new cards featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Vulture, and other characters from the silver screen are expected to enter the Legendary pool on October 18, 2017.  Visit the publisher’s page for more information.

Game Toppers launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to enhance your gaming nights with a quality yet affordable table top. After a year of development, Game Toppers table tops are ready for everyone who does not have a space for a dedicated gaming table but would still like to enjoy playing games on a professional and comfortable surface.

Game Toppers can effectively transform an existing table into a fully-fledged gaming solution with very little work in a matter of minutes. This is possible because they come fully assembled, so the only preparation necessary is to place one of the available variants on top of a table and, in case of the two larger ones, fix the two halves of a Game Topper together – without any tools required. When it is ready, you can spread one of the 3mm stitched edge gaming mats that are also available in the campaign on top of it for additional thematic feel.

Each Game Topper comes either in a standard or luxuriant variant, the main difference between them being that the luxuriant extrusion mold allows for a highly finished hard wood to be placed in the inset, thus, providing a crafted hardwood experience. Among the key features of every Game Topper are a powder coat finish, premium stains & wood finishes, and soft rubberized protection strips that keep the table top securely in place while also protecting the table underneath. Last but not least, even the standard variant features military grade aluminum with an integrated card slot that ensures both of your are hands are always free to support your head when racking your brain to come up with the best move during a heavier game.

There are four different sizes you can choose from, ranging from 30″ x 38″ to 36″ x 72″ play area. The accessory rail addon allows you to convert a one of the two larger Toppers into a mini Topper that is half the size. Other addons include all the possible accessories a proper gaming table could be equipped with, such as cup holders & component trays, dice towers, and adventure cases. A storage bag that makes carrying Toppers from one place to another more comfortable is available as well. In case you would like to get a Game Topper as early as in February 2018, visit the Game Toppers Kickstarter campaign.

 

Good morning (UK time) Gamers, here is your round up of the latest game announcements.

First up – Kingsburg. You heard it right.

The latest edition of this classic from designers Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco has just been announced by Z-Man Games. Containing the base game, all five modules from the To Forge a Realm expansion, and the brand-new Alternate Advisor Rewards module, you will have more options than ever before!

Sadly this reporter could find no expected release date, but here’s hoping for 2017!

Not to be outdone, WizKids have been busy. Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol is coming out in January 2018. Nicely timed to coincide with the new film coming out soon, this deduction game will have you using influence to meet contacts, gather information, and reveal evidence, to identify the replicant. Unless of course, the replicant is you!

Last, and by no means least, we have CMoN announcing DOJO KUN: THE BEAUTIFUL FIGHT . The good news is that this one is imminent, expect to see it in your FLGS around September 29th.

A mysterious letter with an invitation to enter Dojo Kun has arrived on your doorstep. Have you acquired the knowledge necessary to lead your Athletes to victory, or is there still a long way to go on your path?

And now for something completely different…..BUSINESS NEWS!

ThinkFun the leading developer of logic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) games in the U.S. market, including the ever popular Escape the Room series have joined the renowned Ravensburger Family, following closely from Wonder Forge and BRIO .

It’s clear in the press release that this is seen as a really positive step for both parties, as they look to expand their range, and their penetration in the growing games market.

Good luck to them, and fingers crossed for more Escape the Room games!!

A new entry in the Stone Age series, My First Stone Age – The Card Game is coming soon to impress both families and collectors alike. Following last years’ release of My First Stone Age, The Card Game version is set to come out later this year to distill the experience into a card and memory game. However, that’s not it’s only trick in it’s cardboard sleeve as it also acts as an expansion for it’s predecessor. As described by Z-Man Games’ announcement:

“Following in the footsteps of the 2016 Kinderspiel des Jahres Award winner, My First Stone Age — The Card Game returns kids and families to the dawn of civilization while they join Martin the mammoth and Guff the wolfhound on a quest to build a village. […] To complete their huts, players must locate the fish, arrowheads, berries, and other goods they need along a path of goods cards. Finding the right combination of goods to build a hut can be difficult. Luckily, Martin and Guff can help them along the way.”

 

The game uses an array of cards representing resources that can be kept or passed, but passing a card leaves it available for players face down so that those who remember it can seek it later for completing a building. The game encourages development of both memory and resource management skills, but the small box does more than that. For those who own 2016’s My First Stone Age, this newest addition acts as an expansion with the tiles being added to the original game and the tokens adding additional strategic options for gathering resources. This flexibility with the product is outstanding both for value and practicality, as it allows the newest edition to gain more legs as it’s outgrown the potential of it’s own merits and effectively add depth to a bigger game. If you’re interested in My First Stone Age – The Card Game, be sure to check out Z-Man Games’ website and social media accounts for more information.

This is the second time around Kickstarter for the Black Souls game, and this time they aim to hit their goal and then some.  Black Souls is a board game all about creating the next great online dungeon crawl game.  You will do this by designing a dungeon, and then taking playtesters through those dungeons to score points.  You will want to make your dungeon as difficult as possible to score the most points, but you have to be careful, if none of the playtesters make it through your dungeon then you get nothing.

Play for this game happens in two phases, the design phase and the playtesting phase.  In the design phase tiles will be revealed that you can add to your dungeon, and each turn you will use bid cards to bid on draft order for those tiles.  In addition to bidding for draft order, the bid card you use has a special ability like shuffling cards or rearranging your already built dungeon.  But be careful, if you match with someone else’s bid, you both go last and the special ability of the card doesn’t trigger.  You can ignore this conflict with a hack card, but you only get two of those per game, so spend them wisely.  This will keep going until everyone has their dungeon full, then it’s time for the playtesters.

In the playtesting phase the playtesters will run through the dungeon, rolling and using a die from the hero’s reserve.  If the heroes are able to kill enough monsters they pass that tile, if they can pass through all the tiles of the dungeon then you can score your dungeon.  Player with the highest score is the winner.

If any of this sounds interesting to you then head on over to the Kickstarter page to find out more information and to pledge for your own copy.

Are you a fan of mixing drinking with your favorite board games?  Is Risk only fun after you have had a couple shots?  Well if you answered yes to either of these questions, then you might like Conquer: The Ultimate Drinking Game.

In Conquer, you are trying to do just that, conquer the world through military conquest.  The game plays similar to Risk in that each turn you get troops, you will then move your troops, engage in battles that are determined by dice, and try to take over the entire world.  The differences come in with special actions you can take each turn, each which requires you to take a shot of drink in order to access.  Take one shot and you can add extra troops to the board based on the round number, roll extra dice in combat, or gain extra movements points.  Drink a shot and a half and you can deploy the shot shield, protecting your troops from being taken out and that country taken over.  However, take three shots to deploy the shield breaker, and ignore the shot shield when making your attacks.  Needless to say if you take advantage of these extra abilities too soon, you may not have your wits about you when it comes time for those hard late game decisions.  Drink responsibly and plan carefully and you will come out victorious.  Check out the Kickstarter page for more information and you chance to pledge.

Vlaada Chvátil’s fantastic civilization building game Through The Ages now has a digital version available. Through the Ages is easily considered one of the best board games of recent history, having its newest edition ranked at #2 on BGG. Czech Games Edition has made the mobile app available for both iOS and Android. You can read the full press release from CGE here.

Along the same vein, Temple Gates Games and Rio Grande Games have announced a digital version of Roll For The Galaxy. The popular dice game version of Race For The Galaxy hit the board game world by storm in 2015, and has consistently been at the top of the charts. The digital version will be made available for iOS, Android and Steam, and is being designed by Keldon Jones, who was responsible for the AI on the Race for the Galaxy app. You can read the full press release here.

Z-Man Games has announced the new 2018 Season of Pandemic Survival. Pandemic Survival is the competitive team version of the award winning cooperative classic, pitting teams of 2 against the same scenario: same roles, same cards, same infected cities, same situation.  Tournaments are held across the glode, leading up to the World Championships, with the grand prize being a trip to any city on the Pandemic map. For more information on the 2018 Survival Series, read the full press release here.

Eagle-Gryphon Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Titan Dice: Limited Edition. In this fast paced dice roller, players frantically roll 6 custom dice trying to cage five mythical creatures. Each turn, players need to decide whether to roll all active dice, all spent dice, or all active and spent dice. But once three wounds are rolled, that player is out for the round. Creature dice gain the player special ability creature cards when spent, allowing them to manipulate the rolls. The Limited Edition of the game comes with UV Spot creature cards and player mat, as well as marble texture dice.

Titan Dice will continue on Kickstarter through October 9, and the game is expected to ship September 2018.